- Food security is the ability to access sufficient food to maintain a healthy, active life. Previous studies link food insecurity with adverse health outcomes. Our objectives were to determine the prevalence of food insecurity, identify sociodemographic risk factors, and quantify receipt of public nutrition assistance among recently hospitalized children in the United States.
- We foresee an increasing role for the stepped wedge cluster randomized trial design in child health services research. Although a recent systematic review only identified 25 such studies,1 those studies offer themselves as compelling examples to consider. As we will demonstrate, the stepped wedge cluster randomized trial is particularly apt as a research design for health services research. Furthermore, the stepped wedge cluster randomized trial is particularly attractive for health services research concerning children and adolescents because its design addresses problems that complicate child health services research and differentiate those efforts from adult health services research.
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, focused primarily on the problems of adults, but the changes in payment for and delivery of care it fosters will likely impact the health care of children. The evolving epidemiology of pediatric illness in the United States has resulted in a relatively small population of medically fragile children dispersed through the country and a large population of children with developmental and behavioral health issues who experience wide degrees of health disparities.
- To determine the spatial and demographic characteristics of pediatric patients who make nonurgent visits (NUVs) to an urban pediatric emergency department (ED). We hypothesized that the rate of NUVs would be inversely associated with the spatial density of primary care providers (PCPs).